Educator Courses

Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism in Education (TE-24)



$995.00 Flat

Course Credit

24 CE hours


Because the student-teacher relationship involves a power dynamic where students are vulnerable and teachers must demonstrate trustworthiness, PBI Education offers a course for teachers who have pushed the boundaries or failed in their ethical and professional obligations in some way.

Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism in Education offers a two-pronged approach to remediation. First, through readings, research, and writing assignments participants learn to describe their offenses in legal, ethical, and regulatory terms. And second, through one-on-one consultation with the faculty, they identify the factors that led to their offense and develop a Personalized Protection Plan to safeguard students, schools, and their ability to continue in the teaching profession. Learnings are cemented by participation in thirteen hours of the Maintenance and Accountability Seminar.


  1. Online component: Online assignments and readings
  2. Individual teleconference component: Individual discussions with course faculty to review assignments and course concepts
  3. Group teleconference component: Faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time) for thirteen weeks
  4. Certificate distributed upon successful completion of course following final discussion with faculty


At a minimum, this course will take participants fourteen weeks to complete. Accelerating this schedule is not permitted. This time frame is pre-determined to facilitate the most comprehensive educational experience and allow enough time for course concepts to be absorbed and implemented.

Professions this course is suitable for:

K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, principals, religious education teachers, ministers, and other professionals working in the educational setting.

This course addresses issues such as:

  • Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct
  • False, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading documentation of professional status
  • False or malicious statements toward colleagues
  • Attempting to obtain a teaching certificate by fraud or misrepresentation
  • Using one’s name to cover the actions of another not authorized to teach
  • Falsification of student records
  • Misleading or deceptive communication with regulatory boards
  • Covering or failure to acknowledge previous disciplinary action
  • Teaching below minimal standards
  • Discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation
  • Acceptance of gifts, favors, or gratuities that impair or appear to influence professional decisions or actions
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Dual Relationships that compromise a teacher role

Course reviews and testimonials

"Overall I found this class to be very beneficial. It provided me the opportunity to review and analyze all aspects of who and where I am, as well as recognize that there are things that I need to have a heightened awareness of and make some changes. I would strongly recommend this course."

"I am truly thankful that is course exists as a rehabilitative measure so that professionals can find their way back to their careers."

"I wish I had taken this course before I graduated from my teacher education program."

"The program has been very beneficial to me. I feel that it has helped me understand what my mistakes were and to learn what measures I must take in the present and future to avoid committing another violation."

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of moral authority and ethical decision making
  • Understand the relationship between ethical content and ethical process
  • Review codes and laws relevant to their specific offense
  • Communicate the harm done from ethical/legal violations
  • Identify and define violation potentials for ethical issues utilizing the Ethics Formula
  • Create an Ethics Protection Plan to maintain and safeguard professional ethics
  • Learn to utilize peer group discussions for ethical dilemma resolution


"Your company has created a wonderful program which is extraordinary in a field rarely taught in school districts...Thank you all for such a well taught professional experience!"

"The primary strength resides in the faculty's ability to apply both the content and the methodology to be aware of how and why my violations occurred. They were extremely knowledgeable in creating an awareness of future potential violation scenarios and how to prepare to handle them in a professional and ethical manner. I was also extremely impressed by their compassion and empathy in processing the emotional component of our tragic life event. They are also gifted in acclimating the new teacher while incorporating the knowledge of the veteran teacher in the classes."

Certificate information

A 16, 20, or 24 contact-hour certificate of completion will be made available to course graduates upon completion of the course, certified by PBI Education. Graduates will be awarded contact hours equal to the number of hours completed during their course.

Please note: This course is not intended to serve as a collegiate study course, but instead a remedial education course. As such, the course is not accredited to award collegiate professional education contact hours. Please confirm prior to registration that this course is acceptable for your professional development needs. 

Registration Options

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference


How long does this course take to complete?
Most participants take fourteen-fifteen weeks from their registration date to their conclusion date. The course is self-paced and completion dates are determined by the speed that a participants completes each step.
How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
Most PBI Education courses are already approved, but we always recommend you send our course agenda to your agency for pre-approval before you register. Just click the "course agenda" button at the top of the page to download a copy of the agenda.
What is the difference between the TE-16, TE-20, and TE-24 editions of this course?
Each edition of the course includes the same written assignments, reading assignments, and individual discussions with the faculty. The TE-20 includes a total of nine weeks of the weekly group discussion. The most comprehensive edition of the course is the TE-24, including thirteen weeks of group discussion, and is intended to address the most concerning cases of professional boundary and ethical issues.
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